SAN JUAN – Washington, D.C.-based Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), a trade association that represents the U.S. solar industry, announced that the Solar & Energy Storage Association of Puerto Rico (SESA-PR) is now an official SEIA affiliate.
The SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies, which promote, manufacture, install and support the development of solar energy. Its activities include social awareness, trade and environment technologies, monitor regulation and legislation of finance and tax, and solar policy.
SESA-PR represents companies “dedicated to the transformation of Puerto Rico’s power grid into a consumer-focused, solar and storage based network,” as its mission statement. Its board includes local solar installation companies New Energy, Máximo Solar, Pura Energia and Windmar Home, battery manufacturers Tabuchi and Sonnen, and residential financing companies Sunnova and Sunrun.
“This partnership was a natural outgrowth following the solar industry’s response to last year’s devastating hurricanes,” Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA’s president and CEO said in a press release. “By working together under one umbrella, we will be better able to coordinate resources and promote the vibrant growth of Puerto Rico’s solar market.”
According to the EIA, Puerto Rico is home to 278 megawatts (MW) of operating or soon-to-be operating solar capacity, approximately 1 percent of the island’s electric generation.
“We formed SESA-PR to unite the solar industry’s disaster response efforts following Hurricanes Irma and Maria,” said SESA-PR’s founder and president, PJ Wilson. “With SEIA’s national resources and our on-the-ground efforts, the Puerto Rico solar and storage markets are poised for rapid growth. SESA-PR works to ensure there’s effective public policy, jobs training and financing mechanisms in place to facilitate the ramp-up needed for rooftop, commercial, and utility scale solar installations.”
Puerto Rico lawmakers are currently considering a bill that would commit Puerto Rico to getting 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2050, the association pointed out, adding that the “Puerto Rico Department of Housing is also requesting $400 million from the federal government to aid the growth of residential and small commercial solar systems with battery storage.”